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Anne de Marcken — ‘It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over’

Anne de Marcken — ‘It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over’

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Date:
March 27
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7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Third Place Books
5041 Wilson Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118 United States
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Co-winner of the 2022 Novel Prize; one of the sharpest and funniest novels of recent years, a tale for our dispossessed times.

Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome Olympia’s Anne de Marcken to our Ravenna store! de Marcken will be discussing her new novel, It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over, co-winner of the 2022 Novel Prize, presented by New Directions (US), Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK), and Giramondo (AU). This event is free and open to the public.

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About It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over. . .

This third perspective on myself is disconcerting.

The heroine of the spare and haunting It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over is voraciously alive in the afterlife. Adrift yet keenly aware, she notes every bizarre detail of her new reality. And even if she has forgotten her name and much of what connects her to her humanity, she remembers with an implacable and nearly unbearable longing the place where she knew herself and was known—where she loved and was loved. Traveling across the landscapes of time and of space, heading always west, and carrying a dead but laconically opinionated crow in her chest, our undead narrator encounters and loses parts of her body and her self in one terrifying, hilarious, and heartbreaking situation after another.

A bracing writer of great nerve and verve, Anne de Marcken bends reality (and the reader’s mind) with throwaway assurance. It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over plumbs mortality and how it changes everything, except possibly love. Delivering a near-Beckettian whopping to the reader’s imagination, this is one of the sharpest and funniest novels of recent years, a tale for our dispossessed times.

Anne de Marcken is a writer and interdisciplinary artist. Winner of The Novel Prize, It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over is her debut novel, published simultaneously by New Directions (US), Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK) and Giramondo (AU). She is also author of the lyric novella, The Accident: An Account (Spuyten Duyvil, 2020), and her writing has been featured in Best New American Voices, Ploughshares, Narrative, Entropy, Glimmer Train, Southern Indiana Review, on NPR’s Selected Shorts and elsewhere. She has received fellowship and award recognition for her work across disciplines in film, site-specific installation and writing. Anne is the founding Editor and Publisher of the innovative small press The 3rd Thing. She lives and works on the unceded land of the Coast Salish people in Olympia, WA.

About Third Place Books

Founded in 1998 in Lake Forest Park, Washington, Third Place Books is dedicated to the creation of a community around books and the ideas inside them. With locations in Lake Forest Park and Seattle’s Ravenna and Seward Park neighborhoods, Third Place Books is proud to serve the entire Seattle metro area. Learn more about their event series at thirdplacebooks.com/events.